5 Ways that a Hosted VoIP Phone System Boosts Mobile Productivity

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In the past across most industries and sectors, remote workers were the exception (and we’d all hear them brag at parties about their glorious office-less job). However, these days remote working isn’t just trending, but it’s the norm!

3 Out of 4 Workers Will Be Mobile by 2020

According to research from IDC, the number of mobile workers in the U.S. will grow to a staggering 105.4 million by 2020, at which time approximately 3 out of every 4 employees will work at least part — if not all — of the time away from the office.

Given the surge in remote working, it’s easy to understand why businesses of all sizes — from small startups to large enterprises — are investing in systems and solutions that boost mobile productivity. And one of the ways that they’re achieving this mission critical objective is by switching to an advanced hosted VoIP phone system.

Below, we highlight the 5 ways that a hosted VoIP phone system significantly and sustainably boosts mobile productivity, which is as good for remote workers and GREAT for an organization’s competitive advantage, customer experience commitment, and overall bottom-line:

1.  Anytime, Anywhere Connectivity

Simply by installing a lightweight app on their smartphone (iPhone or Android), remote workers can access the hosted VoIP system to make or receive calls from anywhere, and at any time (see note below). What’s more, they can instantly connect with through instant messages, and check the status of their colleagues before making or transferring a call.

Note: we mentioned that remote workers can make and receive calls at anytime. However, if desired, system administrators can create customized rules that govern when this is possible, such as during regular business hours. It’s also possible to set geographic restrictions to prevent calls if they are made or received beyond a certain distance from the office.

2. One Number vs. Multiple Numbers

Remote workers typically have multiple phones — which means they have several phone numbers. For example, they often have an office number, a corporately-owned smartphone number, a personal smartphone number, and a home landline number (and possibly a separate home office number as well). Trying to reach remote workers can be like a time consuming process of trial and error!

However, a hosted VoIP phone system eliminates this hassle and confusion. Remote workers can route all calls to their smartphone (or any other number if desired), which means that colleagues and customers only have to remember and dial one number vs. multiple numbers.

3. Consistent Caller ID Profile

Despite the productivity advantages, many businesses don’t want their remote workers making outgoing calls from their smartphone because their personal name/number will show up on the other parties’ Caller ID. In some cases, this can simply look amateur and unprofessional, while in other cases the concern may be about worker safety and security.

Fortunately, neither of these are risks or issues with a hosted VoIP phone system. All outgoing calls only display the business’s name and phone number on Caller ID.

4. Seamlessly Transfer Live Calls

With a hosted VoIP phone system, remote workers can seamlessly transfer live calls from their smartphone to any other IP phone that is connected to the system — including those that are installed in other locations — and continue to call without interruption.

For example, they can answer a call using the IP phone on their desk, transfer it to their smartphone as they walk out of the office to their car, and then transfer it again to their car via Bluetooth.

5. Full Call Control

With a hosted VoIP phone system, mobile workers can manage their contacts, voicemails, call history, answering rules, greetings, presence, and all other configurations from a single location. They can also pick-up voicemail-to-email and voicemail-to-text messages throughout the day (or night if required!).

The Bottom Line

These days, the question isn’t whether businesses need a mobile telecommunications strategy and solution, but how quickly and affordably they can put one in place. At DigitalPhone.io, we make it happen for as little as $20 per user, with unlimited advanced calling features and full mobile integration to empower today and tomorrow’s remote workforce.

To learn more about the benefits of a hosted VoIP phone system for your multi-site organization, contact the DigitalPhone.io team at (336) 560-4400 today, or click the Contact Button on your right. Your consultation with us is free.

Why Switching to a Virtual PBX System Before Your Office Move is a Smart Idea

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of businesses — from small firms to large enterprises — have upgraded from a costly and limited on-premises PBX phone system (a.k.a. landline system), to an advanced, feature rich and future-proof virtual PBX system (a.k.a. hosted VoIP system).

If your organization is eager to join the ranks of your counterparts — and indeed, your competitors — who are reaping the rewards of a virtual PBX system, then you may be holding off until after a scheduled office move is complete. Here are three reasons why the delay is unnecessary, and even counter-productive:

1. Moving the system doesn’t cost a cent.

Moving an on-premises PBX phone system is time consuming, complex and must be done by telecommunications specialists vs. traditional moving companies— which means that there’s a hefty price tag involved. But moving a virtual PBX phone system doesn’t cost a cent. All that needs to be packed, moved and unpacked are IP phones.

2. The system will remain operational

Moving an on-premises PBX phone system means taking it offline. And if a technical problem or issue arises — and this is often the case — the downtime can stretch into days.

However, a virtual PBX phone system eliminates this risk, simply because the system is not located on the premises the begin with: it’s housed with the VoIP Solutions Provider. As such, it never goes offline, and there is no downtown or disruption to either staff or customers. Calls can easily be made/received via smartphone during the move, or temporarily forwarded to other locations and/or phones (including landlines in home offices).

3. Re-Installing IP Phones takes seconds

Re-installing IP phones in your new location is remarkably fast and simple: all that you need to do is plug them in. They will automatically initialize and start working as reliably as they did before the move. What’s more, all of your system configurations — such as customized greetings, call forwarding rules, voicemail boxes, security settings, ring settings, and more — will remain intact.

To learn more about the benefits of switching to a virtual PBX phone system in the near future — so you can reap the rewards before, during and after your move — contact the DigitalPhone.io team at (336) 560-4400 today. Your consultation with us is free.

4 Ways that a VoIP Phone System Optimizes Customer Experience

On today’s hyper-competitive business landscape, satisfying and impressing customers — both prospective and current — isn’t just important: it’s essential. In fact, a study by Walker Information concluded that by the year 2020, customer experience will be the number one brand differentiator in the minds of customers — surpassing traditional factors such as product and price.

In other words, within a couple of years the vast majority of customers in both B2C and B2B spaces will knowingly, willingly, and happily pay more for something from a business than they could from its competitors, provided they feel as though they’re getting great service and support.

Of course, price position and value will still matter (because they’ll always matter). But leaning forward to close the gap with customers will increasingly determine whether a business will have a prosperous future — or if it will struggle to stay afloat.

In light of the above, here are 4 ways that an affordable, versatile and scalable VoIP phone system helps businesses optimize customer experience:

1. VoIP Reduces or Eliminates Hold Times

With a conventional landline on-premise PBX phone system, customers are forced to wait in a line-up until the next available rep or agent is available. The big problem here, however, is that many customers won’t wait for longer than about 30 seconds.

What’s more, many of the customers who do wait grow increasingly frustrated. And like a storm cloud full of rain, they burst their unhappiness it on the rep or agent who (finally) gets to them — which makes things worse for everyone.

A VoIP phone system doesn’t force customers to queue in a local PBX. Instead, it instantly routes them to any available agent or rep, regardless of where they’re located. The result is that customers spend less — or ideally, no — time on hold, and more time having their important needs addressed and solved as quickly and pleasantly as possible. Everyone wins.

2. VoIP Quickly Routes Customers to the Right Team the First Time

As long as we’re putting together a list of things that customers hate, right next to (or perhaps ahead) or lingering on hold is bouncing around from one person to another. In fact, some customers get so frustrated that they bounce right out the door — and straight to a competitor.

A VoIP phone system features a built-in customizable auto attendant, which picks up calls on the first ring, professionally greets customers, and enables them to choose the team they wish to reach — e.g. sales, service, billing, and so on.

Not only does this help customers quickly connect with the team person the first time, but it makes things much more efficient for agents and reps who spend more time making customers happy, and less time (or ideally, no time) transferring them to another team.   

3. VoIP Allows Customers Connect to Specific Employees 

Many businesses — and especially small and mid-sized firms — have more people than they do available phone lines, which invariably means that some employees don’t have their own unique phone number or extension.

Or at the very least, given the high cost of adding new lines — especially of the on-site PBX is at maximum capacity and hardware changes are necessary — new hires must often wait weeks or months before they get their own phone number. While this is obviously bad news for affected employees, it’s even more frustrating for customers who may want to quickly and easily reach a certain individual (i.e. the specific sales rep they were talking with yesterday, the specific service technician that was helping them last week, etc.).

A VoIP phone system ends this pain. Within seconds and with no hardware changes or upgrades, employees get a unique and dedicated phone number or extension, which they can immediately share with customers, add to their email signature, put on their business card, and so on.

What’s more, employees can easily forward incoming calls to their smartphone when they’re on-the-road or working from home. And when they call customers, their company name and number appears on caller ID — not their personal name and number.

4. VoIP Uses Voicemail-to-Email to Improve Response Times

There are times when employees cannot easily check voicemail, such as when they’re away from their desk, when they’re on a conference call, when they’re attending a workshop, and so on. As a result, several hours pass before voicemails are picked up — which frustrates customers and can lead to lost sales and churn.

A VoIP phone system features voicemail-to-email, which instantly captures voicemails in an audio file and emails it to the designated employee. As a result, they can respond quicker, or if desired, forward the audio file to a colleague to take rapid, appropriate action.

The Bottom Line 

As noted by Forbes: “getting customer experience right is no longer a luxury, but a critical business priority.” A conventional landline phone system blocks this fundamental objective, while a VoIP phone system enables it. It really is as simple as that!

To learn more about closing the gap with your current and future customers — while saving thousands of dollars a year on your telecommunications costs — contact the DigitalPhone.io team today at (336) 560-4400. Your consultation with us is free.

4 Reasons to Choose a Local VoIP Vendor

We all know that all businesses these days need to 4 Reasons to Choose a Local VoIP Vendor

We all know that all businesses these days need to “think global and act local.” But when it comes to selecting the right VoIP vendor, this wisdom needs an adjustment: “think global and choose local.”

Let’s start with the first part of this advice: think global.

What this means is that small and mid-sized businesses should ensure that they get the same enterprise-grade telecommunications features enjoyed by large multinational firms, such as: auto attendant, live call forwarding, call transfer, automatic call distribution, online message access, call queuing, call announce, company directory, hold music, voice and fax email messages, message notification, and call analysis, and reporting. And of course, the system must be quick to learn and easy-to-use.

Now for the next part of this advice: choose local.

Choosing a local VoIP vendor – and in this context, local can also be defined as regional (e.g. Midwest, Southeast, etc.) – is vital for 5 key reasons:

1. Pre-Sales Consulting

A local/regional VoIP provider will visit your business on-site – possibly multiple times – to assess your needs, consult with your different user groups (e.g. executive, technical, infosec, operations, etc.), analyze your infrastructure, and provide you with a solution that is custom crafted to fit your needs and align with your budget.

National vendors put the bulk of their resources into sales – not into pre-sales. And so while you may get some videos to watch or brochures to read, you shouldn’t expect someone to physically come on-site. And even in the few instances where this is the case, the person or team that arrives will have their “contract signing” pen at-the-ready, and will do everything they can to seal the deal – not objectively assess your needs.

2. Expert Installation and Configuration

Many businesses that choose “mass market” nationwide VoIP vendors quickly recall the old adage: you get what you pay for. Or in this case, you don’t get what you don’t pay for – because installation and configuration is a tedious, time consuming and complex process that can last for weeks. Quite often, many businesses that head down this path end up paying a consultant to clean up the mess, or they pay their VoIP vendor exorbitant “professional services” fees, which more than offset any cost-savings they hoped to realize.

Thankfully, the above isn’t a risk when choosing a credible local/regional VoIP vendor. That’s because their in-house experts – who understand the technology inside and out – will handle all installation and configuration details. And since they’ll have carefully assessed your needs (per the pre-sales consulting described above), you can look forward to a smooth, streamlined and stress-free experience.

3. 24/7 Responsive Support

The importance of 24/7 responsive support cannot be underestimated – not because you should expect something to go wrong with your VoIP system, but simply because your business isn’t static and fixed: it’s dynamic and evolving.

For example, at some point in the future – and it could be sooner than later – you may need to equip employees with an IP phone that they can use from their home office. Or, you may want to provide your sales reps with mobile apps so they can stay connected while on the road. Or, you may want to launch a remote call center to handle a surge in customer inquiries.

Whatever the scenario, you can be assured that a local/regional VoIP vendor is ready, willing and able to respond. This simply isn’t the case with most large vendors. When you need assistance, they’ll either refer you to a FAQ or some other (useless and confusing) resources, or they’ll sell you a very pricey maintenance package.

4. You’ll pay less than you think.

Many businesses that expected to save big by choosing a nationwide vendor discover that the opposite is true: they’re paying more and getting less than if they went with a local/regional vendor.

This is why nationwide VoIP vendors are popular acquisition targets these days: they’re cash cows. Customers think that they’re saving money and getting a better deal, when this simply isn’t the case. The numbers don’t add up.

The Bottom Line

Thinking globally and acting locally is a critical business paradigm. But when it comes to choosing the right VoIP vendor – which is one that will provide you with the shortest path to value – then it’s all about thinking globally and choosing locally!

To learn more, contact the DigitalPhone.io team today. Your consultation with us is free. Your consultation with us is free. Call (336) 544-4000.